President Barack Obama’s campaign sent more than $14.4 million to state Democratic parties early this month, with most of it going to states crucial to his bid to win re-election Nov. 6.
Obama’s campaign directed the biggest chunk of the money, $3.1 million, to the Ohio Democratic Party between Oct. 1-11, according to a filing the president’s operation made last night with the Federal Election Commission. Ohio, which has 18 electoral votes, backed Obama by 4.6 percentage points in 2008, the 12th consecutive election in which it sided with the White House winner.
Obama’s campaign transferred more than $1 million to Democratic organizations in five more so-called swing states. It sent $2.3 million to Colorado, $2.1 million to Florida, $1.4 million to Iowa, $1.2 million to Nevada and $1 million to Virginia. Florida has 29 electoral votes, the most among states that Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are targeting.
The president’s operation directed $895,000 to North Carolina, where Romney has a small lead in most surveys, and $849,000 to Pennsylvania, a Democratic-leaning state where the president is laboring to keep its 20 electoral votes in his column.
The Democratic organizations in Wisconsin and New Hampshire, both swing states, received $597,000 and $458,000 respectively. The Obama campaign distributed the remaining $427,000 among 11 other states.
The Obama campaign also sent $1.3 million to the Democratic National Committee, which lags the Republican National Committee in available cash.
Obama led Romney by $93.7 million to $52.7 million in cash-on-hand as of Oct. 17, FEC reports showed. The pro-Romney side overall has more money because of national party organizations, super-political action committees and non-profit groups that are involved in the White House race.